San Jiao 5 is famous for clearing heat
San Jiao 5 (SJ 5) is almost always included in sessions aimed at clearing heat.
Let’s locate San Jiao 5:
SJ 5 is on the back-side (posterior surface) of the forearm. The San Jiao meridian runs down the center of the back of the forearm and ends on the 4th finger. SJ 5 is 2 cun (“tsoon”) closer to the elbow (proximal) from the center of the wrist crease.
See the image below:
The acupoints that clear heat act like removing lids on hot pots.
In the same way that you take the lid off a hot pot to reduce the heat of the contents, we can use certain acupoints to reduce the heat in our body-mind. When contacting acupoints to reduce heat, I usually add a little circular motion and/or jiggling. I do this because I want to stimulate the point to open up and release the heat from the meridian system.
Clockwise or counter clockwise?
A common question I hear is: “Which way should I make the circles in order to open a point rather than close a point?” There are many theories about this. Some say that clockwise motion opens a point and counterclockwise will close a point.
As a person who has a hard time following rules, I follow my instinct in the moment with each particular person I work with. I find that my ability to stay focused on the Qi and follow the guidance of the Qi is the most important skill of my work with acupoints. Whether I am using hands-on contact or acupuncture needles to activate a point, it is my focused attention that makes the difference.
Acupoints are most often used in combination with other points. To clear heat, it is common practice to use San Jiao 5 and Large Intestine 11.